Austria

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

From 01/01/2002, the currency in circulation is the euro. There are some notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. The nominal values of the coins are the following : 1 cent (or 1/100 of euro), 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro and 2 euros.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Austria , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Banks: Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 15:30; on Thursdays: from 13:00 to 17:30.



Transportation

Road
Since January 1st, 1997, it is compulsory to stick a road tax disc on the windscreen that you can buy at the border in order to be able to drive on highways. It is therefore advised to get it either when crossing the border or at the first highway exit. The road police have no mercy for the offenders and strongly fine them. The car or some of its contents (the car stereo for example) can be retained as a guarantee in case you ask for a deferred payment.




 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .at



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Ja
No = Nein
Thank you = Danke
Hello = Guten Tag
Good Morning= Guten Morgen
Goodbye, Goodbye = Auf Wiedersehen
I do not understand = Ich verstehe nicht
What is the price? How much does it cost? = Wieviel kostet das?
I would like to buy = Ich möchte kaufen.
Do you accept credit cards? = Akzeptieren Sie Kreditkarten? Nehmen Sie Kreditkarten?
Where is ... ? = Wo ist...?
An airport = der Flughafen
The station = der Bahnhof
Post office = die Post
The bank = die Bank
The police station, the police force = Polizeiwache
The chemist= die Apotheke
One ticket to..., please. = Eine Fahrkarte nach,
Would you have any available rooms for tonight ? = Haben Sie noch ein Zimmer frei?.

 


Languages spoken

Official language: German. Indeed, the mother tongue of 98% of the population is German. English and French are spoken in large cities. In Austria, it is common to meet ethnic minorities who have kept their mother tongue i.e. Czechs and Slovaks in Vienna, Hungarians and Croatians in the region of Burgenland and Slovenians in the south of Carinthia.


Last modified in January 2006
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